The thinkers in this session, “Lateral Action,” don’t go about creating change in the usual ways. Here, their unexpected approaches:
Argentinian singer-songwriter Juana Molina opens the session with a hypnotizing performance on the electric guitar and a rack of pedals that layer sounds into gorgeously complex song structures. Singing calmly behind layers of chords, she mixes Spanish lyrics with simple tones that loop in on one another and build and build. At the back of the auditorium stand a few rock-concert-style head-nodding fans, some wearing event staff T-shirts, drinking in the glorious noise. Watch a full performance from this May.
When she was 16, Khalida Brohi found out that a close friend was a victim of an “honor killing.” Growing up between a big city and a small village in Pakistan, she honored the family traditions from her village, and she’d seen friends enter arranged marriages — but…